Colby Makes First-Half Goal Stand Up, Down USM 1-0

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            GORHAM, Maine -- Junior Samantha Merriweather (Los Altos, Calif.) scored the only goal and sophomore goalkeeper Jayde Bennett (Lynn, Mass.) registered five saves as Colby College defeated the University of Southern Maine, 1-0, in a non-conference women's soccer match at the USM Soccer Field Wednesday afternoon.

            The win puts the Mules a game over .500 at 4-3-3 overall.  The Huskies dropped their third straight match to slip to 4-10-0 overall.

            Merriweather tallied the only goal in the 25th minute of play when she converted a pass from rookie Annie Papadellis (Hopkinton, Mass.) into her first goal of the season.  Pappadellis made a strong run down the left wing side to the end line before centering a pass out to Merriweather 12 yards from goal.

            Bennett played a steady game in goal for the Mules to record her fifth shutout of the season.  Southern Maine employed two goalies as junior Kat Rothe (Leeds, Maine/Leavitt Area) and sophomore Katie Cobb (Lewiston, Maine) each played a half.  Both were credited with two saves.

            Colby piled up a 17-7 edge in shots and a 5-1 advantage in corner kicks during the match.

            Southern Maine travels this weekend to play Little East Conference rival Western Connecticut State University on Saturday (12:00 p.m.).  Colby will also be on the road traveling to Amherst College on Saturday (12:00 p.m.) for a NESCAC match.